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Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

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Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

Hi!

I´m a Spanish teacher of English. In order to practise my English this summer (and hoping to find native English-speakers that I wouldn´t really find if I took a summer English course), I've decided to go on a holiday by myself. I'm very keen on walking/hiking/trekking so I've thought of going on an arranged walking holiday.

I´ve found a couple of companies that seem to have interesting offers: HF Holidays and Ramblers Worldwide Holiday. I'd appreciate some advice from people who have been on these holidays before:

- Will I get a good chance of socialising with fellow walkers? (As there's a house as a base and there are evening activities and so on, I imagine this would be the case).

- I imagine these holidays will attract mainly native English-speakers. Is this so?

- Should I expect to find mainly families or groups of friends (who might tend to socialise less with people who go solo?)

- I've read a review that mentions the high average age of the people in this type of holidays. I'm 41 and am happy to mingle with people of all ages, but I wouldn't choose to join a holiday that attracts mainly senior citzens (if you see what I mean!).

- There are some GUIDED WALKING FOR SOLOS. Would this be a better option?

I'll be really grateful to people who can help me out!

Cheers!

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1. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

My mum and dad have been with both these companies a few times both in the uk and Europe. They have always raved about them and met people of all ages....singles, couples, they've been as a group of 6 or 7 bit with other people and always found it very sociable. One of their single female friends has been on her own on other occasions and got on so well with one lady she's been to Canada to visit her since. They've done the guided walks ones all times. I reckon you'd be fine on your own!

My parents would have been in their 50's when they went but were by no means the youngest or oldest. I remember one couple were only around my age and they got on really well with them. I think it tends to attract like minded people and professionals. Never heard of anyone taking children.

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3. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

Thanks a lot, Diz. I appreciate your help!

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4. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

Thanks, Edinem!

Edited: 18 May 2014, 21:27
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5. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

HF is the abbreviation for Holiday Fellowship which gives you a flavour of the sort of welcoming people you will meet.

Have fun.

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6. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

I have been going on HF Holidays in the UK for over 20 years. I am single and have always found that you chat to many different people within the group, meeting different people on walks, at meal times and in the evening. Over the years I have met many people from all over the world. I've had wonderful holidays and have lost count of how many I have taken. I've also made many friends doing HF holidays.

I hope you have a great time.

I should have said on my last holiday in April this year the youngest person was 12 and the oldest in their 70s. Everyone joined in, everyone talked to each other and I had a great time.

Edited: 18 May 2014, 22:28
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7. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

I think you will find both HF and Ramblers Countrywide will be suitable for what you want to do. I have done a dozen or so HF and a half dozen Ramblers, going solo, over 15 years. Most have been Fall and Spring, but the summer ones have always included teachers from Europe, there to practice their English and pick up the latest idioms. There is no bias against solo travellers.

The average age will be somewhat older than you but if you go to the HF houses where the walks are more strenuous (the ones in Scotland, in the Lake District and Wales) you will get a somewhat younger group.

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8. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

Thanks,Davidblades. It sounds great.

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9. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

Marmot12, that sounds encouraging. Thanks!

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10. Re: Solo walking: HF Holidays, Ramblers Worldwide Holiday

Thanks a lot, ronw. Actually it had occured to me that more strenuous walks might attract younger people. I was thinking of the Lake D and was also considering Yorkshire. What about Yorkshire Dales or the Moors Park? Would you recommend that too?

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